Victoria’s Naomi Ko surges ahead at provincial golf championships

Shooting one over par is good. Shooting it as a 13-year-old with the next closest golfer 11 strokes back of you is great. Naomi Ko’s won the B.C. Bantam Girls’ Championship at Surrey’s Nico Wynd Golf Course on Aug. 26.

Victoria's Naomi Ko (13) won the B.C. bantam golf championship in Surrey on Friday (Aug. 26) with an 11-stroke lead over the next golfer.

Victoria's Naomi Ko (13) won the B.C. bantam golf championship in Surrey on Friday (Aug. 26) with an 11-stroke lead over the next golfer.

Shooting one over par is good. Shooting it as a 13-year-old with the next closest golfer 11 strokes back of you is great. Naomi Ko won the B.C. Bantam Girls’ Championship at Surrey’s Nico Wynd Golf Course on Aug. 26.

Ko finished the tournament 1-over-par 141, 11 strokes ahead of second-place Shania Remandaban (Coquitlam) at 12-over-par 152.

“I just tried to keep calm all day,” Ko said. “When I hit into the trees I just thought to punch it out, to two-putt and a bogey would be fine. I didn’t put pressure on myself.”

Ko’s brother Ethan was the top male finisher from Victoria at 16th overall. Ethan shot 18-over-par 158, 22 strokes back of winner A.J. Ewart’s (Coquitlam) -4. Victoria’s Keaton Gudz shot 30-over-par 170.

Bantam aged golfers are is 13-and-under.